Former President Donald Trump recently shared a remarkable revelation during an exclusive interview on Fox News. According to Trump, a conversation he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin had a profound impact on delaying the invasion of Ukraine. The former president highlighted his strong relationship with Putin and the seriousness of his warnings about the catastrophic consequences that would follow an invasion.
During the interview on “Special Report,” Trump reaffirmed the strength of his rapport with Putin, stating, “With Putin, I have a very good relationship. I mean, I haven’t spoken to him in a long while, but I had a very strong relationship.” He firmly believed that if he were still in office, the invasion would never have taken place, stating confidently, “He wouldn’t have done it if it were me. He did it after I left.”
Trump vividly described his conversation with Putin, stressing the urgency and severity of his warnings. He recounted how he emphasized that an invasion would be a “catastrophe” and that there would be “hell to pay” for such actions. Initially, Putin had doubts and dismissed Trump’s warnings, but the former president stood firm, asserting, “I told him I was going to do something. He said, ‘No, no, no, you will not do that.’ I said, ‘I will, Vladimir, I will do it. I’m going to do it.'”
According to Trump, while Putin may not have fully believed everything he said, the Russian leader did take about 10% of his warnings seriously. And it was that 10% that proved to be a sufficient deterrent. Trump emphasized, “It was only after I left [office] that you started hearing about this.” This revelation highlights the significant impact of Trump’s strong stance and warnings on delaying the conflict.
When asked about his perspective on Ukraine as a separate country, Trump acknowledged its independence but also noted its historical ties to Russia. He suggested that Putin preferred Ukraine and Russia to be united, implying that this might have been a motivating factor for the invasion.
Although Trump refrained from delving into specific negotiation details during the interview, he expressed confidence in his deal-making skills and ability to reach a resolution swiftly. Drawing on his experience and success in business, he stated, “I would have a deal done in 24 hours from the time we started. And I would tell Zelenskyy something, and I would tell Putin something, and I’d get him into a room, and I’d tell him again, and again.”
Former President Trump’s revelation regarding his conversation with Putin provides valuable insights into the impact of his strong relationship and warnings on deterring the invasion of Ukraine. It demonstrates his unwavering commitment to protecting American interests and maintaining global stability through decisive and assertive diplomacy.
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